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Eatonville’s Animal Ordinances

Hotel Snow with cow
Hotel Snow with cow

Eatonville residents often complain that the deer are eating their flowers. It could be worse. A hundred years ago it was cows and horses in your yard. Here are just some of Eatonville’s animal ordinances

Horse & Cow
March 1911 — Eatonville’s Horse and Cow Ordinance is amended “to allow cows to roam at large during the day”.

August, 1911 Mr. Rivers asks the City Council to restrict cows from running at large at night. The cowbells are keeping citizen from getting a good night’s sleep. The Council declares the cows a public nuisance and the Marshall must notify the cow owners.

March 1912 — Citizens petition the Council that ranging livestock be prohibited, but the Council votes down their request. Undeterred, Councilman Overmire submits a second ordinance to prohibit “the ranging of horses, cattle and chickens.” This ordinance is also voted down. Finally, Councilman Jackson comes up with an ordinance that applies to only horses and cows and only for those running at night. This ordinance passes, but it’s unclear whether the residents are happy with the compromise.

Groe (now Center) Street  1914
Groe (now Center) Street 1914

March 1911 — A Chicken Ordinance is passed and repealed, but in February 1913, chickens are officially curtailed. The Clerk instructs a notice to appear in an official paper publicizing the date chickens are no longer allowed to run at large.

January 1910 — Ordinance passes limiting the speed of horses “and vehicles of any description” to six miles per hour.

Cow Stench
June 1916 — Mr. Smith goes before the Council and demands steps are taken to improve the sanitary conditions on Groe Street (now Center St.). He is unable to keep tenants because of the stench coming from a local dairy barn.

March 1912 — The Marshal and City Clerk are authorized to shoot any rabbits running at large within the city limits.

Mashell Ave ca 1914
Mashell Ave ca 1914

October 1911 — Chinese Pheasants are destroying vegetable gardens and the Mayor authorizes the Marshal to appoint deputies to kill them. Shooting is allowed from Washington Avenue west to the town limits, and from Railroad Ave. north to the town limits. The deputies receive no pay, but they do get to keep the dead pheasants.

March 1911 — T.C. Van Eatontells the Council something has to be done about the rats. The Council puts a bounty of ten cents (about $2.50 today) on each rat. “When captured they should be presented o the Town Clerk who will draw an order on the Town Treasurer for the amount due.”  (Grim news for the Town Clerk.)

Records show that payments ranged from $1.40 to $13.80. There must have been some success in cleaning up the town. By September 1916, the rat bounty was dropped from the town’s budget.

(Information taken from the History of the Tacoma Eastern Area.)

Photos Courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

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Center Street 1926

Center Street around 1926
Center Street around 1926

This picture has a little wear and tear, but it’s one of my favorites of Center Street, taken around 1926. You can clearly see Christensen’s Clothing (now the Sears building), and kitty corner from it is the Eatonville Bank.

Some of the hot topics in Eatonville that year were:

The paving of Mountain Road (known now as Highway 7). It was paved except through the Nisqually Canyon and Ashford celebrated with a dance in September.

• Clay company reopens. The Far West Clay Co. of Clay City got started up under new management after having been out of operation for a four years.

Friendly Inn. The inn was remodeled and reopened. Little did they know it would become the scene of an unsolved two years later.

• Bootleggers Sermons. Rev. C. L. Walker of the Community Methodist Church preached a series of sermons on about liquor, including: “Pure Moonshine, Or How Will you Have Your Poison?” and “The Failure of Prohibition — can a man be Patriotic and still break the laws he does not like?” 

Photo Courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

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The first tree cut in Eatonville . . . well maybe

One of the first trees cut in Eatonville
One of the first trees cut in Eatonville

The caption that went with this photo was “First tree cut in Eatonville location near Depot”. Judging by the trees that have been felled around it, it wasn’t the first. But it was definitely a big one and one of the first.

The photo below shows the same spot and the Depot in 1918 — not too many years later.

The Depot is no longer standing, but Pat Van Eaton tells me it stood on the corner of Madison Ave. and Center Street (then Groe), across the street from where Arrow Lumber is now.

Photos courtesy of Gary Henricksen and Pat Van Eaton.

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Eatonville Railroad depot around 1918
Eatonville Railroad depot around 1918

Center Street — Before it was Center Street

Grove Ave. — now Center Street
Grove Ave. — now Center Street

This photo of Grove Street (which I believe is now Center Street) makes you wonder what drew people here. This picture makes Eatonville look more like a ghost town than a growing pioneer community.

To the far right I’m told is the well that stood in front of  T.C. Van Eaton’s trading post.

Photos courtesy Debbie & Gary Saint.

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Center Street Blacksmith Shop

Black smith shop on Center Street & Rainier
Black smith shop on Center Street & Rainier

Long before there was Eatonville Auto Center or Arrow Hardware, Mr. Casey and Mr. Johnson had their blacksmith shop on Center Street and Rainier.

You can see the forge in back where they heated up the metal. The anvil sits front of Mr. Johnson where they forged the metal into shapes using the sledge hammer leaning against anvil.

The temperatures must have been sweltering. Luckily, it looks like the building was well ventilated.

Photo courtesy of Gary & Davvie Saint.

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Amazing shot of Eatonville in 1913

Downtown Eatonville - 1913
Downtown Eatonville – 1913

Even thought this picture was taken in 1913, you can see see the outline of the town it is today. And that odd intersection by the bank.

If you click on the image and enlarge you case see lots of detail. Like on the left hand side is T.C. Van Eaton’s store (now a parking lot next to Kirk’s Pharmacy).

The bank hasn’t been built yet, but there seems to be a open space on the corner just waiting for it to be built.

The clump of buildings (center right) is the Snow Hotel is where the Eatonville Manor stands today. The tiny building in the back looks to be T.C. Van Eaton’s original cabin, which was moved to the Milltown park.


A look at Eatonville, 1957

Eatonville Lumber Co. ca 1957
Eatonville Lumber Co. — 1950s (photo courtesy Pat VanEaton)

These two pictures were taken in the 1950s.

The first is of the Eatonville Lumber company. It closed February 1954. On December 2, 1953, the following statement was published:

“Announcement was made today by G.E. Karlin, representing ownership of the Eatonville Lumber Company, that the concern had been sold by the present owners to a new corporation known as Eatonville Lumber Company, Inc., the president of, which is D. (Doug) A. Gonyea,”

In a personal interview Mr. Karlin stated:  “It had been generally known for a long time that the moment would inevitably arrive when the timber owned by and available to the Eatonville mill would be exhausted and the plant would of necessity shut down. We have for several years past operated as best we could with a constantly diminishing supply of timber and have augmented that supply through every possible available source.

In other words, we have simply run the string out, operating as long as we could carry on, and the time has now arrived when we feel this is no longer possible.  We have therefore effected the sale reported above and Mr. Gonyea and his new company will carry on from here.

The second picture was taken, looking down Center Street.

Center Street, ca 1957
Center Street, ca 1957 (photo courtesy Pat VanEaton)